Did you eat enough over the holidays? Feeling a little bit plump? Just wait because round 2 is just starting up. That’s right – it’s the New Year’s Party! How are you going to fit into that little dress that you bought in November? It’s the one you bought before you gorged yourself on turkey, cabbage rolls, sugar cookies, and chocolate. I’d go exchange it for one size up if I were you. I promise I won’t tell a soul. You can deal with it in your New Year’s resolutions.
New Year’s resolutions are actually steeped in tradition and history. Ancient Babylonians and Romans made promises to their gods at the beginning of each new year. Many religions and cultures use the new year as a time for reflection and asking for forgiveness.
Resolutions that are made in this century tend to focus more on self-improvement – being a nicer person, losing weight etc., and although most resolutions are made with the best intentions, only a tiny percentage of resolutions actually get accomplished.
- Losing weight – It’s hard! As a general rule, it’s easier to pack it on than take it off!
- Reduce stress – It’s hard! Unless you can quit your job, divorce your husband, sell your house, pay off your bills, and give away your children, then I’m afraid your life will always have stress. Maybe you can deal with one of the above this year and see how it goes.
- Give up a bad habit – It’s hard! Nail biting? Smoking? Drinking? Facebook? I’ve already given up the first three – it’s that last one that’s the hardest!
- Get out of debt – It’s hard! See #2.
This year, my own resolutions are fairly simple. I will resolve to laugh more, learn more, and love more.
Oh, and I’ll eat this crab salad more. The end.
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